Yankee's Full Team Preview: Let's Start With Starters

Shanan H.Analyst IApril 2, 2009

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18:  CC Sabathia poses for photographers after a press conference to announce his signing to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on December 18, 2008  in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

This is the first of a five part series pulling apart the Yankee team this year.  Look for infielders, relievers, outfielders, and catchers and first baseman to come out soon.  (Not in that order!)

Anyway, this year's pitching rotation on the Yankees includes some huge names, and a few long-time, home-grown Yankees.  Their rating (Of 1-10, 10 being best) is featured next to their respective name:

C.C. Sabathia:  10: 

A.J. Burnett:  7:

Chien-Ming Wang:  9:

Joba Chamberlain7:

Andy Pettite:  5:


C.C. Sabathia is a Cy Young worthy pitcher.  A transition back to the AL may begin rocky, but his second-half will be extraordinary. 

He has a good fastball he can use for Ks, and ranges from 91-95 mph.  He also uses an electric, swooping slider, and the occasional change-up.

Expect him to push the Yankees to the playoffs.

A.J. Burnett can be very dominant...when healthy.  Health will be a big issue for him, but when he has that golden virtue, 20 wins isn't far away.

He throws a very fast fastball, and a good sinker.  He has also dropped down three-quarter/Randy Johnson style to throw a curveball.

Burnett could be in for a great year.

Chien-Ming Wang is described as, "A finesse pitcher with a power pitcher's velocity."  He throws a hard fastball and a sinker, along with a few less used pitches; curveball, slider, and splitter.

He will most likely do great this year, and may even earn the number two spot in the rotation.

Joba Chamberlain is a home-grown Yankee, whose real name is Justin.

His fastball is known to sit in the upper 90's while occasionally topping 101 mph with tailing action.  He has an above average change, and a great slider.

Joba will do very well this year.

Andy Petitte seems to be in his last year with the Yankees.

A conventional pitcher, he throws a fastball, cutter, 12-6 curve, change-up, and a slider.  His curve really has 12-6 break. It goes straight down.

Petitte will have a high amount of wins, yet his ERA will be high.


Hoping for a Spot:

Phil Hughes:  In my opinion, he seems very similar to Andy Pettite, and will eventually earn a starting spot, if not this year, next.  Watch out for his fastball!


Ranking in the League:


Please, comment if you don't agree, and thanks for reading!